Missing people

  1. Murder police release mystery letter

    Police investigating the suspected murder of a man who went missing in 1992 have released images of a letter they received which claimed to know who was responsible.

    Cleveland Police said they received the letter about Steven Clark in 1999, seven years after he disappeared near his home in Marske.

    The letter

    Det Ch Insp Shaun Page said: "The letter was sent to Guisborough Police Station and is very precise in nature. The letter writer intimated that Steven was dead and that they claim to know the person responsible. It was 21 years ago, so the letter writer could have died since then, but if anyone recognises the handwriting, we would urge them to get in touch."

    Mr Clark's parents were arrested in September on suspicion of murder but they "absolutely" denied any wrong doing.

    Steven Clark

    Mr Page added: “Steven (pictured above) left his personal belongings at home when he disappeared. His wallet, glasses, and watch. He was a sociable character, and was liked by the friends who knew him. He had lived in South Africa until he was around the age of 20, having moved there when he was younger. His life in Marske was different from the more restricted way of life overseas.”

    Anyone with information is asked to call Cleveland Police on 101.

  2. Search for 52-year-old missing Barrow man

    Magnus Morgan missing

    Cumbria Police have launched an appeal to try and find a missing man from Barrow.

    Officers are concerned for the welfare of 52-year-old Magnus Morgan who was last seen on Dane Avenue at 08:52 yesterday.

    Magnus is described as 5ft 10in, of average build, with grey balding hair.

    He was last seen wearing a dark green jacket and black walking trousers.

    Police say it's possible he may have travelled to the Grange-over-Sands area by public transport.

  3. Police concerned for missing Grange woman

    Police say they're concerned about Claire Heppenstall, who has been missing from her home in Grange since 10:00 yesterday when she left in a red Honda Jazz, registration RJ61EUT.

    Claire Heppenstall

    Officers say Ms Heppenstall, 45, is 5ft 6in tall, and they would like her or anyone who knows her whereabouts to let them know she is safe and well.

  4. Thousands missing in Africa due to conflict and migration

    Will Ross

    Africa editor, BBC World Service

    Soldier at Chibok School in north-eastern Nigeria
    Image caption: The ICRC says more than 20,000 people are registered as missing in north-eastern Nigeria

    The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) says more than 40,000 people across Africa are registered as missing as a result of conflict, migration and climate shocks.

    It says almost half of them are children.

    Conflicts in Ethiopia, Somalia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Libya and Cameroon are having a big impact.

    But the situation is most severe in north-east Nigeria and the coronavirus pandemic has made the job of finding missing relatives even harder.

    In north-eastern Nigeria, the ICRC says more than 20,000 people are registered as missing.

    Its teams are also searching for more than 5,000 people in South Sudan - they are trying to help mothers like Juma Kedai Korok whose son was abducted by an armed group four years ago. She hasn't heard from him since.

    The ICRC says there's been an increase in the number of people whose relatives are missing in Libya - most of them young men who entered the country on the migration route to Europe.